SEVENACRES UNDER PRESSURE WITH INCREASED DEMAND EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT 4 YEARS

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The Isle of Wight’s mental health inpatient unit at St Mary’s Hospital is under greater pressure than ‘it has seen in years’, as COVID starts to catch-up.

The Covid-19 surge is only now reaching the Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s mental health team at Sevenacres, with modelling suggesting the number of people accessing the trust’s mental health services could continue to escalate over the next 4 years, as a result of the pandemic.

Speaking at a meeting of the trust board, director of mental health, Dr Lesley Stevens, said the inpatient unit managed well during the January COVID surge, with fewer COVID patients that other departments, but the impact of the virus is different for mental health services, with the effects only just reaching them.

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Dr Stevens said the Island is reflecting the national patterns: a rise in eating disorders, crisis and acute referrals and the severity of those referrals. She said the mental health inpatient unit is under much greater pressure than they had seen for years and while they could not say for certain the numbers were due to COVID, as the growing trends reflect the national picture, it was very likely that it was the start of the COVID surge.

One of the reasons people are only just reaching out is due to lockdown, where people were not accessing services.

Direct impacts of COVID-19 are also said to be causing the increase as lockdown impacted people’s psychological wellbeing and socio-economic status.

Dr Stevens said positive support was in place to ease the pressures, through the partnership with Solent NHS Trust, with additional capacity and clinical support.

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A new strategy is now being implemented by the IW NHS Trust, the ‘No Wrong Door’ model which will help people access the support they need when they need it through more outlets.

Last week, the Isle of Wight Council agreed to sell Sandown Civic Centre and barracks building to the trust, which will turn it into a new community mental health facility for The Bay area.

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Sunshine
Sunshine
2 months ago

All these services are not taken into consideration when they plan and pass the huge housing estates due to be built on the island later in the year.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
2 months ago

Will be – mental health is the new back ache for those wishing to avoid having to work and stay on benefits. Sadly they will just clog up the system for those in genuine need, as they always do.

Jimbo
Jimbo
Reply to  isle of wighter
2 months ago

it’s people like you that stop really ill people with mental health coming to get help,as for you saying avoiding work! if you have a broken leg you go on the sick the same applies for mental health.
people with mental health should never be made to feel they are a nuisance they have the right to recieve treatment as much as a person with physical problems.

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Jimbo
2 months ago

there are plenty of people who happily blag the social claiming all sorts of illnesses – and this will be added to their list of reasons not to be working.

if you seriously believe that only genuine people will use the service, then you are deluded.

The Equaliser
The Equaliser
Reply to  isle of wighter
2 months ago

I have absolutely no words to describe your heartless nature and cruel mind. Shocking!

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  The Equaliser
2 months ago

it is the truth though – plenty of scammers on the social.

Truth
Truth
Reply to  isle of wighter
2 months ago

You have absolutely no idea, but you never know what’s around the corner, I hope it’s not the case, but you yourself may one day need help with mental health issues…

Don’t take life for granted, or it may bite you in the bum one day…

isle of wighter
isle of wighter
Reply to  Truth
2 months ago

perhaps you should save those platitudes for those that are blagging the social each and every day.

may i recommend that you take a glance at the lazy, bone idle, workshy alco’s on the seafront in ryde most days, not to mention all those that get caught for lying daily to the benefits agency.

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